Toxic shellfish warning in the Bay

Shellfish in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, between Whakatane Heads and the Waioeka River Mouth, have been found with paralytic shellfish toxins over the safe limit of 0.8mg/kg. The Ministry for Primary Industries issued a public health warning today advising... Read More

Plea to keep greenwaste green

What do plastic bags, gumboots, corrugated iron and dirty nappies all have in common? They have all turned up in kerbside greenwaste bins in Whakatane recently. Whakatane District Council solid waste manager, Nigel Clarke, says while the vast majority... Read More

NZ and China discuss climate change

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says China and New Zealand have experience and expertise to share about responding to climate change. Paula met with China's top official for climate change, National Development and Reform Commission vice... Read More

Ideas to tackle the threat of erosion

Western Bay of Plenty residents are encouraged to have their say on a proposed policy for how the District should tackle the threat of sea level rise and erosion. Western Bay of Plenty District Council's draft Inner Harbour and Coastal Erosion... Read More

A wet start to Monday

Today the weather forecast is for a few morning showers with increasing fine spells and light northeasterly breeze.  Check out the rest of the weather update, this day in history, best fishing bite times and a shout out for some birthdays. A special... Read More

Tauranga deluged with 144mm of rain

Receiving 144mm of rain in three days has put Tauranga at the top of the table for places that were drenched in the weekend. “For the past couple of days, the country has been stuck in a moist northeast flow caused by a high east of the Chatham... Read More

Frogs invade Papamoa

On Thursday night Deon Carpenter returned home from the Jimmy Barnes concert to find a frog in the entrance of his Papamoa home. He put it outside. The next morning he and his two year-old daughter Sophie woke up to find more frogs inside. They went... Read More

Wakeboarding in Papamoa waterways

As they old saying goes, ‘If life gives you lemons, make lemonade'. So what do you do if life gives you buckets and buckets of rain? Well, you bust out your quadbike and wakeboard and have a little fun, of course. Video has surfaced on Facebook... Read More

Major flooding in Kawerau

Several street in Kawerau are underwater after heavy rains overnight caused extensive flooding in the Eastern Bay of Plenty township. Fire Northern Communications shift manager Carren Larking​ says in the five hours since 6am, they had received... Read More

Weather with Rosalie and SunLive

Good morning to passengers from the Black Watch and Celebrity Solstice who are visiting our port today. The weather forecast is for showers this morning with the possibility of thunder. In Maketu today you can help NZ Forest and Bird take care of the... Read More



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View of the Mount by Wendy van der Vyver. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty. Email: photos@thesun.co.nz